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Just thought I would pop in here and say "Hi".<p>I've recently become the owner of a 2005 V70R GT, Titanium/Nordkap, enjoying the car quite a bit so far. I've always been a fan of Volvo wagons, but this is my first time owning one. I previously owned a 2000 Audi S4 6MT which I'd had since 2001. I loved that car but it was becoming too small for my needs (would have bought an Avant had they been on sale in Canada back then.) I guess I have a masochistic thing about owning expensive-to-fix cars out of warranty.<p>I'm aware of the downsides of the 05 GT vs. the 06 GT and the 6MT cars, but having been on the lookout for a well-looked after local (Vancouver, BC) car for a few months I opted for the car whose condition & history gave me the warm and fuzzies over the perfect transmission. I am also getting old and lazy, so I don't care about driving a stick as much as I used to <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>So far, some positive's and negatives...<br>Pro: 4-C - bloody hell, this is good, based on a couple of spins up the Sea-to-sky in "Advanced" mode. This car is definitely easier to drive fast in the twisties than the S4.<br>Con: interior clearly not as hard wearing as Audi's.<p>One question I have that search has so far not answered - does anyone have any idea on total and by country sales of these cars? The best I can find is some numbers for 2006, which come up in the stories about Volvo canning the "R" line. <p>Cheers<p>..Mark..
 

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Re: New owner says hello (biketrouble)

Welcome SS and congrats on the car! Sorry I can not help with sales numbers I guess I would just Google the web for a while.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>biketrouble</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Con: interior clearly not as hard wearing as Audi's.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you keep up on the conditioning your leather will love you.<p>Welcome to SS, enjoy the nuttiness!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>biketrouble</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">.<p>Con: interior clearly not as hard wearing as Audi's..</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Welcome!<p>Don't be scared off by the strong personalities. <p>What is not hard wearing? Aside from the seats (they do need frequent pampering with Lexol or Leatherique) the rest of the interior is solid. Maybe the center console finish can rub off if beat on but that's about it. <p>Oh, and some runs of Nordkap seats did have issues with premature wear and flaking. a
 

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Personally I would refrase that last statement<p>"...Oh, and some runs of Nordkap seats did have issues with premature wear and flaking. a...." <p>to " Most Nordkap seats do have issues with premature wear and flaking"<p>My R just went through this too and is an 07 which show's Volvo did not fix the problem rather chose to deal with the problems when they arise.<p>My sugestion... Find a good indy mechanic and do not go near your dealership.<p><br>P.S. I too love the Sea to Sky but even last March it was still plagued with (olympic???) construction....<br>The remains of last summers big slide were very impressive non the less<br>
 

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Re: New owner says hello (Needsdecaf)

"What is not hard wearing? Aside from the seats ... center console finish"<p>I think you just about covered it right there. The seats constitute a rather large part of the interior, wouldn't you say? Definitely those are the current two weak points in the condition of the car, and others' problems with the same are very well documented in this forum. Not terrible (else I would not have bought) and rectifiable, but you would not see the same issues on an Audi or BMW of comparable age based on my personal experience.
 

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Re: New owner says hello (pama)

Would welcome recommendations of good local indy mechanics. Have dealt a little with one of the local dealers (Don Docksteader) and my experience is fairly positive so far.<p>Funnily enough, a guy who will be one of my brothers-in-law after this weekend is an indy Volvo mech., but he's on the Island so that may not always be that much help.<p>The construction on the S2S is still ongoing but the stretch up to Lion's Bay from Horseshoe Bay is completely done and it is absolutely spectacular.
 

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Congrats on a new VR, and Welcome to SS. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Where are the Pictures??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Some of us PNW guys are having a GTG here in Lynwood WA on the 12th. There are going to be 3 or 4 S40's coming down from BC already. If you have that Sunday free, it would be cool to see your new R and a good opertunity for you to meet some of us local guys.<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=117483" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=117483</A>
 

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Thanks for the invite, but I will be on my honeymoon at the time. Perhaps next time!<p>Pictures soon, I am sure.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>biketrouble</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...but you would not see the same issues on an Audi or BMW of comparable age based on my personal experience.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Probably because the Audi and BMW leather is much harder.<p>I remember reading a few relatively recent industry articles about how consumer demand for leather has increased over the past decade and how the American consumer expects for that leather to wear just like (or better than) vinyl/leatherette. As we all know, natural hide doesn't wear like plastic.<p>When you think about it, it's an interesting problem because when you "upgrade" to leather, you expect it to be an improvement over vinyl/leatherette. Generally speaking, however, the more expensive the leather, the more supple you expect it to be, and that creates a problem because the more supple it is, the more likely it is to show wear and tear.<p>-Eric
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>biketrouble</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Would welcome recommendations of good local indy mechanics. Have dealt a little with one of the local dealers (Don Docksteader) and my experience is fairly positive so far.<p>Funnily enough, a guy who will be one of my brothers-in-law after this weekend is an indy Volvo mech., but he's on the Island so that may not always be that much help.<p>The construction on the S2S is still ongoing but the stretch up to Lion's Bay from Horseshoe Bay is completely done and it is absolutely spectacular.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The R's leather is very soft and as a result is pretty fragile. It's not nearly as tough as even other Volvo leather. Wash with a mix of woolite and water and give them a treatment of leatherique. You'll be amazed! <p>Unless it's peeling, that's different and specific to Nordkap. <p>My seats at 86k miles look better than those on my MDX at 39k, so with proper care they can wear well. But they do require care, and most owners don't realize that. <p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>The R's leather is very soft and as a result is pretty fragile. It's not nearly as tough as even other Volvo leather. Wash with a mix of woolite and water and give them a treatment of leatherique. You'll be amazed! <p>Unless it's peeling, that's different and specific to Nordkap. <p>My seats at 86k miles look better than those on my MDX at 39k, so with proper care they can wear well. But they do require care, and most owners don't realize that. <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was always curious, where do you purchase your leatherique and how much does it cost?
 

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Hi and welcome! I use Lexol on the seats of my R and they look beautiful. Use whatever seems to work best for you, we all have our favorites.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Sue Esponte</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>the more supple it is, the more likely it is to show wear and tear.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>No doubt, and it has to be said the seats are rather brilliant in all other respects - the design of the interior has always been one of the things that has attracted me to the V70R. That said, my SO would probably be happier if the headrests were adjustable - as far as I can tell they are not, probably for whiplash protection - but she's always happier when she can tweak everything so it's "just right".
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>biketrouble</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>No doubt, and it has to be said the seats are rather brilliant in all other respects - the design of the interior has always been one of the things that has attracted me to the V70R. That said, my SO would probably be happier if the headrests were adjustable - as far as I can tell they are not, probably for whiplash protection - but she's always happier when she can tweak everything so it's "just right".</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I thought I would mind that on my wife's S40 when we started dating. After about 5 minutes I realized that they were 1000% more comfortable and actually WORKED as supports. <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Jexx</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I was always curious, where do you purchase your leatherique and how much does it cost?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Here, seemed easiest, <A HREF="http://www.leatherique.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.leatherique.com</A>/ <p>$26. Probably cheaper at auto geek, etc.
 
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